London Mayor: ‘Harry Potter is Not American’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.11.10 | 12:01 PM ET

Universal Orlando’s latest theme park creation, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opens next week—and London Mayor Boris Johnson will definitely not be attending any ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Strong words from the Mayor:

I deeply and bitterly resent that Orlando is about to become the official place of pilgrimage for every Harry Potter fan on earth… Because the fact is that Harry Potter is not American. He is British. Where is Diagon Alley, where they buy wands and stuff? It is in London, and if you want to get into the Ministry of Magic you disappear down a London telephone box. The train for Hogwarts goes from King’s Cross, not Grand Central Station.

Don’t worry, London. I’m sure there are still plenty of Potter fans that will want to visit the, er, not-quite-real thing. (Via The Book Bench)


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


6 Comments for London Mayor: ‘Harry Potter is Not American’

Annie Roberts 06.11.10 | 8:51 PM ET

Just who prohibited you or any other person in the UK from constructing a Harry Potter theme park in central London?

Caitlin 06.12.10 | 3:40 AM ET

Oh, well. Boris will get over it.

@Annie You’d have an entire team of attorneys filing suit against you if you so much as tried. Universal paid big bucks for the rights.

Anca 06.13.10 | 8:03 AM ET

Any REAL Harry Potter fan knows Harry Potter is British!
All those people who saw the movies but never read the books (and the movies are not even half as good as the books) are not fans, they are just pretending… !!!

Grizzly Bear Mom 06.16.10 | 1:46 PM ET

I am delighted to see that the mayor of London has solved all the cities problems and is now free to moan about meaningless nonsense.

Harry Potter Theme Park 07.23.10 | 2:24 AM ET

Interesting Post about Harry Potter Theme park, It is Amazing park..
A lot Crowd There at the time of opening…
All harry potter movie stars were there..

Hotel Palm Springs 07.31.10 | 3:07 PM ET

There are very few fictional characters who can cause this kind of international stir!

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